School of Music, Ohio State University

Position ID:OSU-School of Music-DIR [#8346]
Position Title: Director of the School of Music
Position Type:Administration
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Music
Appl Deadline:2016/11/15 finished (posted 2016/10/19)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


The Ohio State University seeks a director who will provide ambitious and innovative leadership for its School of Music. The director will serve as the administrative head of the school, with oversight of its faculty, staff, curriculum, budget, and strategic direction. The new director will lead the way in defining and implementing a vision for the School of Music, with the goal of developing its strengths and keeping it competitive with respect to today’s changing academic climate and the challenges newly confronting the arts and humanities. The successful candidate will be bold, open, and honest, and will provide leadership for the variety of academic and professional training programs the school offers. The school seeks a visionary and venturesome leader who is skilled in directing change with a varied group of people representing diverse areas of study, and is perceptive in developing the academic and creative potential of faculty and students. The new director will be an innovator in terms of curriculum development, outreach, visibility, organization, and governance, taking into account the school’s considerable size and its position within a College of Arts and Sciences that includes 37 other academic units. As the head of the school and as the public face of the unit nationally and internationally, the director will make the necessary connections within and outside the university for strengthening the school’s financial foundation and developing its musical and academic profiles. He or she will collaborate with university and arts leaders to guide the school’s integration into Ohio State’s $200 million project to develop a vibrant Arts District. This multi-year project will include a new state-of-the art building for the School of Music.


Doctorate or terminal degree in an appropriate field is strongly preferred, commensurate professional experience in an appropriate field will be considered. The achievements of the candidate should be appropriate for an appointment with tenure, preferably at the rank of full professor, including a distinguished record of scholarship, performance, creative activity and/or professional accomplishment; teaching excellence at the post-secondary level; and professional service. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated experience in leadership and with desired experience in fundraising, budget planning, and management. Successful candidates will have the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse body of students and colleagues, and the ability to lead a school with multiple units as well as to work successfully and creatively across disciplines within a complex organization. The field of specialization is open. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About the School of Music: As one of the largest universities in the United States, Ohio State offers a wealth of resources. The School of Music is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the academic heart of the university. Newly restructured in 2010, the college offers 80 majors as well as unmatched breadth, depth, and excellence in the visual and performing arts, humanities, and behavioral, mathematical, natural and social sciences. The school is large enough to take advantage of the extensive possibilities provided by a world-class university, yet small enough to attend to the individual needs of its students. Its faculty of approximately 100 full and part-time faculty – including nationally and internationally recognized performing artists, composers, scholars, and master teachers – serves a student body of 300 undergraduate and 135 graduate music majors as well as the needs of many non-music majors. The school recognizes the relationship that binds music to other academic and artistic disciplines, and prepares its students for professional careers as composers, performers, scholars, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Faculty and students present over 300 performances annually that enrich not only the academic environment but also the culture of the surrounding community. In keeping with the university’s broader mission, the school is committed to nurturing the best of Ohio’s students, while maintaining excellence and diversity by recruiting nationally and internationally.

About Columbus: The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15, 2016, and we encourage submission before that date. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: Inquiries may be directed to Lisa Florman ( and Timothy Leasure ( The anticipated start date of the position is August 2017.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210

© 2018 AcademicJobsOnline.Org. All Rights Reserved.